Of the fourteen gaming mice which have swished throughout my desk this yr, six of them have been made by Corsair. With the Glaive RGB Pro, that quantity rises to seven – which is, frankly, a ridiculous variety of mice to launch inside the house of twelve months, and far more variations on a theme than is probably strictly obligatory. Some have been nice – see the Ironclaw RGB and Harpoon RGB Wireless. Others, not a lot, resembling the Nightsword RGB and M55 RGB Pro. Thankfully, the Glaive RGB Pro ends my 2019 Corsair odyssey on a relative excessive, because it’s not solely one in all the comfiest gaming mice I’ve ever used, but its snap-on, interchangeable thumb grips additionally give it loads of flexibility for various hand shapes. Here’s wot I believe.
In some ways, the Glaive RGB Pro appears and looks like a retooled model of Corsair’s finest gaming mouse-grade Ironclaw RGB. Aimed at the identical MOBA and FPS crowd who favour long-term consolation and ultra-fast response occasions, the Glaive RGB Pro has the identical 18,000 DPI Pixart PMW3391 sensor as its Ironclaw sibling, and it’s additionally been designed for right-handed palm grippers like myself who like their mouse to fill the complete of their hand when shifting it round your mouse mat. Heck, even its seven programmable buttons seem like they’ve rolled off the identical manufacturing line as the Ironclaw RGB, from its two, similarly-shaped chunkers protruding the facet to its identically textured scroll wheel.
The essential distinction between the two mice is that the Glaive RGB Pro comes with these aforementioned interchangeable thumb grips, which snap into place by way of magnets. There’s a full, fin-like groove that cradles your thumb in opposition to its rubbery, textured base, in addition to two flatter choices that allow your thumb relaxation in opposition to your mouse mat. Personally, I solely ended up utilizing two out of the three grips (the fin and the utterly flush choice), as the extra pronounced flat grip compelled me to transfer my hand again and undertake a fingertip-style grip in order to preserve a agency maintain on it.
For me, this didn’t fairly gel with the general form of the Glaive RGB Pro, and it ended up making the complete factor really feel too large and heavy to transfer round shortly whereas enjoying video games. With the fin and flush grips, on the different hand, I used to be in a position to maintain that hand-hogging palm grip and swish my mouse about like regular. This is perhaps as a result of I’ve tiny lady palms, after all, but I recognize having the choice to change forwards and backwards between totally different grips as wanted – particularly if, additional down the line, one finally ends up getting extra worn out than the different.
On the complete, although, the Glaive RGB Pro felt very comfortable to use every day, and it made looking for countless Black Friday offers all day day-after-day final week that bit extra nice. Is it extra comfy than the Ironclaw RGB, although? Probably not. Indeed, if you happen to put a blindfold on me and ask me to establish which mouse was which based mostly on contact alone, I’m undecided I’d give you the chance to accomplish that – particularly when the Glaive weighs simply 10g extra at 115g as opposed to 105g.
Instead, it largely comes down to which one you want the look of. The Glaive, as an example, has three RGB lighting zones as opposed to simply the one you get on the Ironclaw, and it additionally has 5 little light-up bars on the high of the mouse that point out which DPI profile you’ve at the moment obtained enabled. For causes past my understanding, I’m actually fairly fond of those little bars, and biking up and down looks like I’m placing my mouse into some type of turbo-charged overdrive. It’s a bit foolish, but additionally extremely sensible, because it’s in all probability one in all the clearest profile indicators I’ve seen on any gaming mouse this yr.
The Glaive RGB Pro’s DPI speeds may be programmed precisely to your liking by downloading Corsair’s free iCUE software program, too, and might fall wherever between a dead-slow 100 DPI and that aforementioned lightning quick 18,000 DPI. Want a DPI pace of 1373? You obtained it. There’s none of this ‘solely increments of 50 or 100’ malarkey such as you get on different gaming mice. Whatever DPI pace you need is the DPI pace you shall have – though I ought to be aware that is true of all Corsair’s 2019 mice, not simply the Glaive.
iCUE additionally allows you to remap every of its seven buttons to no matter you want (besides left click on, that’s, which can all the time stay left click on). This contains swapping different mouse features round, in addition to your individual recordable macro instructions, media controls, utilizing them to launch sure functions, change profile or enact all types of various keyboard instructions. You can even flip one button right into a so-called ‘sniper’ button, which adjustments your DPI pace to no matter worth you want for so long as you maintain it down – often one thing sluggish so you may line up these all-important headshots and the like whereas enjoying competitors video games.
Personally, I’m all the time happy to see this sort of performance in a gaming mouse, but the place of the Glaive RGB Pro’s two facet buttons makes this sort of characteristic fairly troublesome to use with any diploma of consolation. The farthest facet button feels a contact too slippy to maintain a agency grip on it, for instance, whereas the nearest requires the type of suppleness my aged thumb joints merely don’t possess. This could also be much less of a difficulty for these with bigger palms, but for me, the Glaive RGB Pro might be the first mouse I’ve examined this yr the place its sniper characteristic is extra of a hindrance than a assist.
Still, for all my quibbles about the Glaive RGB Pro’s button placement or its single-oddly formed facet grip, it truly is a really nice mouse to use on a day to day foundation. Indeed, I’d in all probability be completely joyful to keep it up utilizing it in its flush facet grip kind if it weren’t for the sheer value of the factor. With present costs standing at £67 / $63, the Glaive RGB Pro feels only a bit too costly for a mouse that’s not utterly good, regardless of how comfortable and splendid it feels beneath the hand.. For that type of cash, I’d need every grip to really feel nearly as good as the different, and I’d additionally need to have full use of its varied button features.
It’s particularly galling when the equally comfortable Ironclaw RGB may be had for significantly much less – simply £35 / $53 at time of writing, though that UK worth is probably going to return up nearer to £50 as soon as the Black Friday / Cyber Monday offers are lastly over. Still, even £50 is extra preferable for what’s just about the identical mouse beneath, and I could make higher use of that sniper characteristic, too. I’ll be sorry to lose the Glaive’s DPI bars, but until you’re determined for that interchangeable fin grip, I don’t actually see a lot cause to select this over the Ironclaw. The Glaive RGB Pro could also be miles higher than the Corsair Nightsword RGB I examined the different month, but the Ironclaw RGB remains to be king when it comes to general worth for cash.